Indiana Democrats push their own road funding plan

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Democrats are pushing a road funding plan that they say won’t raise taxes on average motorists.

GOP leaders in the House have proposed a 10-cent increase to the state’s 18-cents per gallon gasoline tax, as well as additional registration fees. Democrats say their alternative demonstrates there are other ways to pay for improvements.

Under the plan shared Monday, House Democrats would freeze corporate and high-income tax cuts, put revenue from the existing sales tax on gasoline toward infrastructure and allow a trust fund to be used for local road loans. It also projects collecting $300 million annually in reversions through agencies cutting waste, fraud and abuse.

House Democratic leader Scott Pelath says he expects the proposal to be discussed in the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

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Get out of my pocket! February 7, 2017 at 10:47 am

Our elected officials don’t use the current state tax that is charged per gallon of gasoline for Indiana roads. Why should we believe they will use a new tax for roads? Where is all of the money that is not being spent for snow removal thanks to climate change? What is the ridiculous amount of revenue from the Indiana Lottery used for??? I remember when that was going to be partially allocated for Indiana roads. They just want more money to squander on nothing as usual. No matter where they take it from.

Brent February 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm

And the wheel tax and the Build Indiana Fund, when you criminal politicians can provide and accounting for all of the money already allocated for roads and infrastructure we can discuss a gas tax increase, not before. You people pi$$ me off.


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